|Hamster wheel or training tool?|
I'm not ashamed to admit that I use the treadmill pretty exclusively once the temperatures drop. I've done two spring marathons training on the treadmill, and after the last I don't think I'll do another. But I'll run a steady 4-10 miles a few days a week on the 'mill to keep my base up for the impending race season.
The poster asked a simple question and one man replied to get off the treadmill and run outside. She responded that her asthma didn't allow her to do that. After a bit more back and forth, I commented that the "treadmill shaming" was unnecessary, and no one should care how anyone else got their mileage in. (I should point out that that comment got 18 "likes.")
The same man then posted that treadmills are "weak" and boring (OK, that we can agree on) and then called me out personally to say there was "nothing unnecessary" about treadmill shaming. Really? I took offense to that, and a few other people chimed in that they run on the treadmill because of work schedules, or young children at home, or ice storms, or whatever.
Of course I love to run outside, and I do it whenever I can. But there are some times when it just doesn't work. And I don't think anyone needs to make anyone else feel bad for how they run. Miles are miles.
Thoughts? Am I just being oversensitive? Do you treat the treadmill as a tool, or do you avoid it at all costs?